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PADI Open Water Diver Referral

The PADI Open Water referral is a good option for those going on holiday. A highly-trained PADI Instructor will teach you how to scuba dive in a warm swimming pool.


Then you book your four open water dives with any PADI Dive Centre, anywhere in the world, to consolidate the skills you've learnt, and become a fully certified diver.

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About the Course

Learn about scuba diving principles and terminology, and master basic scuba skills in a warm pool with a highly trained PADI Instructor.

When you're ready, make four dives in open water, at the PADI Dive Centre of your choice, anywhere in the world.

Take This Course If You Want To
  • Explore the other 70 percent of our planet

  • Support ocean protection

  • Learn in warm water even during winter months

  • Learn from a scuba diving expert

  • Hold the world's most recognised scuba certification

Learn How To
  • Be a confident and skilled diver

  • Assemble and use scuba gear

  • Manage your buoyancy

  • Master skills ready to practice further in open water

  • Handle common problems

How to Earn your Scuba Diving Certification



PADI eLearning

PADI eLearning makes it easy to fit scuba lessons into a busy schedule. Learn about scuba diving principles and terminology whenever, wherever it's convenient for you.


Study offline, or online using a computer or mobile device. Connect with your instructor whenever you have a question.


  • eLearning time commitment: 5-10 hours




With Your Instructor

During your orientation session at the dive centre you will get fitted with the very latest dive gear to use during your course, then move on to the pool to practice using scuba gear until you're comfortable. PADI training includes practice "mini dives" to help you build confidence in your new abilities.

  • Prerequisites: Able to swim; medically fit for diving

  • Time commitment: 1 day (London) 2 days (Hampshire) 

  • Minimum age: 10 years or older

  • Depth: swimming pool up to 3m



With Your Instructor

At any PADI dive centre anywhere in the world, you can then arrange to complete your four open water dives (and pay them locally). You will put into practice the skills you have mastered in the swimming pool, and begin to explore the exciting underwater world.

  • Recommendations for PADI Centre aboard

  • Depth: expect shallow dives (12m), the maximum allowed depth is 18m

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More info

Scuba diving requires a minimum level of health and fitness. Chronic health conditions, certain medications and/or recent surgery may require you to get written approval from a physician before diving.

Avoid disappointment, download and review the Diver Medical form to ensure you won’t need a physician’s approval to dive before enrolling in a scuba course. Instructors, divemasters and dive shop staff are not physicians and should not be asked for medical advice; only medical professionals can give medical clearance to dive.

If you (or your physician) have questions about medical fitness to dive, contact the experts at Divers Alert Network (DAN).


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